Learn how to make a DIY infinity scarf with a pocket perfect for giving. Use an invisible zipper for this sewing project for a hidden pocket!
Have you ever needed a pocket but you weren’t wearing anything with pockets and couldn’t carry a bag? Have you ever needed a pocket that was hidden and secret?
Let me introduce an infinity scarf that has an invisible zipper pocket in the seam. Since a pocket is not expected in a scarf and it uses an invisible zipper as the closure, the pocket is hidden and secret. It’s easy to access what’s in the pocket, but it’s not uncomfortable since the scarf carries the weight and the bulk like a little cushion.
What type of fabric should I use for an infinity scarf?
My favorite fabric to used for an infinity scarf is knit fabric like cotton spandex jersey or double brushed poly. These are both lighter weight knit fabrics with a lot of stretch and recovery.
When you use one of these fabrics you can use a full yard to make a scarf that is nice and big. It works well as an infinity scarf, but one loop could also be draped over the shoulders to keep warm while traveling.
Should I prewash my fabric?
This sewing project uses knit fabric which might or might not shrink when washed. If the finished scarf is going to get washed, then the fabric should be prewashed to prevent any shrinking once the scarf is finished.
I recommend prewashing for any non-quilt projects, especially if the finished project will be washed regularly.
Do you love to sew? Try one of these sewing projects:
- Beginner sewing projects
- Easy handmade gift ideas
- Sew an invisible zipper without an invisible zipper foot
- Sew an invisible zipper with an invisible zipper foot
- Ways to sew a scarf
- Cozy sewing projects
- Winter sewing projects
- Jersey knit sewing projects
DIY Infinity Scarf with a Pocket
- 1 yard of knit fabric like cotton spandex jersey or double brushed poly
- Fat quarter of knit fabric (choose the same kind of knit as the scarf fabric)
- Lightweight tricot fusible interfacing
- 10 inch invisible zipper (if you can’t find that size get a longer zipper and cut it to the right size)
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
Fold the knit fabric so that the cut edges are lined up and the selvedges are on each side. Divide the cut edges into quarters and mark the top quarter with a pin on each cut edge.
This pin is where the pocket is going to start.
Cut two pieces of intoerfacing that are 1.25 inch wide and 10 inches tall. Fuse the interfacing pieces to both of the cut edges starting at the pins. (The interfacing doesn’t show up in the picture because I used white interfacing on white fabric.)
Take your invisible zipper and iron the zipper teeth and zipper tape open.
Place the invisible zipper with the top of the zipper lining up with the pins. Flip each side of the zipper tape so that the right side of the zipper is facing the right side of the fabric. Pin in place.
Sew down each zipper tape close to the zipper teeth without going over them. Sew down as close to the zipper pull as possible. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Cut two pocket pieces from the scrap knit fabric 6 inches wide and 10 inches tall.
Place the pocket lining pieces with the right side of the lining to the wrong side of the zipper and pin in place.
Sew the pocket linings in place with a zipper foot. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Pull the pocket lining out and pin right sides together. Sew around the three sides of the pocket making sure you sew over the top and bottom of the zipper to secure. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Match up the long cut edges of the scarf above and below the pocket with right sides together. Pin and sew with a zigzag stitch. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Turn the scarf right side out. Match up the short ends of the scarf and pin right sides together. You won’t be able to pin the entire edge together so pin as much as possible.
Sew the seam with a zigzag stitch. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Pull the fabric into the scarf until there is just an opening. Pinch the hole closed and pin in place.
Edgestitch the hole closed with a straight stitch 1/8 inch from the edge. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.
If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!
I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather